What does a girl wear to pick up out-of-town visitors from the train station?
You’re looking at it!
As a New Yorker, Liliya often meets visiting friends at Penn Station. This last Friday, she went there to pick up her best friend, Yana, who arrived with her friend Eric; they came to the City to celebrate Yana’s upcoming graduation from Harvard.
Liliya met Yana and Eric at the station in an oversized jacket, skinny jeans, and men’s style shoes. According to Liliya, her #OOTD was “the perfect outfit: comfortable enough to help friends with their luggage but also stylish enough for taking a stroll and have lunch in the City.”
Even with a chill in the air, it was a lovely day to sport these David Yurman (New York native) sunglasses – so chic and sophisticated in design. The rounded rims add a nice touch of femininity to a more androgynous look. And without a showy emblem on the side, they are wonderfully understated.
The top and jacket:
A boyfriend blazer could not be more apt for wearing with menswear-inspired oxfords. This one is by an artful Italian brand Ottod’ame. The patterned lining looks great with a navy and white striped top (it’s so fun to mix patterns!) by Crossley, another Italian brand – this one with a focus on luxurious urban design.
Even though we often tend to go with a more muted palette in fall, there is no reason to not add some pizzazz as does Liliya with these berry-colored Abercrombie & Fitch skinny jeans.
The shoes and bag:
Sartorially experimental men have been having fun these last few years, trading in plain brown or black work-worthy oxfords for a variety with brightly-colored soles, stitching, and shoelaces. It is no wonder that a woman venturing into androgynous wear – as Liliya with these Cole Haan wing tips – would want to join in on the fun.
When I first spotted this handbag, I thought that if it were brown or black, it could be unisex but that the berry color meant that it was made for women. I later learned that this “batchel“ (part briefcase, part satchel) by The Cambridge Satchel Company® is gender-neutral. I still think that the color adds a bit more fem, but it fits in very well with the menswear theme.
Of course, we mustn’t forget one last detail: a fabric flower in the jacket lapel. Liliya loves the idea of accessorizing an oversized jacket with a big brooch – to add “a little feminine note.”
The rest of the day:
Once the three friends met at Penn station, they headed straight to a favorite Chinese restaurant for their tradition of dumplings and chit-chat. They always go to the same Chinese place from the station, and they also always engage in another custom: asking a question out loud, one at a time, and jokingly consulting their fortune cookies for the answers. 🙂
It seems to have been a lovely day all around, and Liliya’s #OOTD was certainly part of the fun. Will you be experimenting with some menswear-inspired attire? We hope you are inspired by Liliya’s dashing example!
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